Driving to work has become nightmarish for me. My panic and anxiety have sky rocketed within the past 2 months. I re started my Prozac and use xanax as needed. It has only been once, last Monday, that I had such a severe panic attack I could not drive...I honestly don't know how I made it through a 12 hour work day. I've been okay enough to force myself to drive to and from work since then. I take 1/3 of a 0.5mg tablet of xanax when I wake up to help but it makes me really sleepy. It either helps me drive a lot or it makes me so sleepy that I get anxious about how tired I am driving.
So a lot of people believe in exposure therapy, the more you do it, the more you de-sensitize yourself to it and the more comfortable you get. I drive all the time and it's not helping at all, it's only making things worse. I am constantly anticipating the drive, I am always uncomfortable driving and suffer from severe anxiety doing it and panic attacks on/off.
Does anything help you guys cope with this?? I use the xanax as I've described above on/off, put lavender essential oil on a tissue in my car to help calm, and I have a mantra I say out loud "I am safe and in control".
I'd love some advice of anything that might help.
Like no friends, or family? I'm in an abusive relationship. That's the only social contact I have with anyone. I dont even know how to hold a conversation with someone online without feeling annoying.What increased my social anxiety was speaking up in my DBT group (first day) makes no sense right? Even if I try I end up feeling worse.I'm starting to become suicidal because I have no one outside...
So I posted a little bit more than a month ago and was doing COMPLETELY AWFUL. I had a day where I completely relapsed back to my old panic attack days where I was constantly anxious and panicky and filled with dread. It has been about 4 weeks since I restarted my prozac on 10mg once daily. Everything is just better! I went through all the side effects initially which sucked (insomnia, nausea,...